'''Edmund Curtis''' (1881–1943), was born in Lancashire
to Irish parents. He worked in a rubber factory
until he was 15 when he continued with his education. His education was paid for through donations when it was heard that poems he had published when he was 14 and later in London in June 1896 were from a factory worker.
In 1900 he won a history scholarship to Keble College, Oxford
, where he graduated in 1904. He secured a lectureship to the University of Sheffield
following graduation. In 1912 he published his first book, ''The Normans in Lower Italy''.
He applied for the then vacant Erasmus Smith’s chair of the Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin
and was appointed in 1914. He held this post for 25 years. After, from 1939, he held the Lecky chair of History (also at Trinity) for the 4 years prior to his death in 1943.
As part of his work with the...